Virat Kohli Has Switched To A Vegan Lifestyle, Should You Be Too?

From being a chubby-faced cricketer who loves his homemade delicious Punjabi food, especially his personal favourite, biryani, Virat Kholi has been on a remarkable transformational fitness journey. Kohli’s current diet includes protein shakes, vegetables and soya, as he’s given up eggs and diary for good.

“Kohli started this diet four months ago and is feeling stronger as his digestive power has increased. He isn’t missing meat, eggs or diary. Two years ago, when he was on a normal diet he had said that he would go vegan if given a choice. He is now feeling stronger than before,” claims sources.

The news of captain Kohli turning vegan has stirred the age-old debate over whether the vegan diet is healthy or not. While the Indian skipper’s decision to go vegan might be a part of his fitness journey, it is important to note that many celebrated sports personalities like Serena Williams, Lewis Hamilton and Carl Lewis are already a part of the vegan club and are seen promoting the vegan lifestyle.

So, whether you are planning to turn vegan or are just curious about the health benefits that this plant-based diet has to offer, here is all that you need to know.

What is the vegan diet?

A vegan diet is a completely plant-based diet consisting of vegetables, beans, grains, nuts etc.

Being vegan is different from being a vegetarian, as they still consume dairy and eggs, and it is NOT an abbreviated way to say ‘vegetarian’.

What all can you eat if you’re going vegan?

Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive.

1. Vegetables and fruits

2. Grains

3. Beans and legumes

4. Nuts and seeds

5. Tofu

6. Plant-based oils

What are the health benefits of going vegan?

While researches have shown several health benefits of a vegan diet including high vitamin C levels and fibre levels when compared to a non-vegan diet, it is how you follow the diet that decides its health benefits. Ultimately, it all depends on what you eat as even if you are living on fries and chips (yes, they are vegan) while being on a vegan diet, it is not good for your health.

1. Risk of cardiovascular disease drops

It is an established fact that diets containing meat are rich in saturated fat and cholesterol. On the other hand, by going vegan you significantly reduce the saturated fat intake, which in turn, lowers your risk for heart diseases.

2. You lose weight

As you switch to a plant-based diet which is rich in fibres, you may start to feel full sooner than usual, thanks to the fibre-rich diet that is easier on the digestion.

3. You might become happier

No, we are not kidding. A research has found out that those who follow vegan diets might be happier than those who eat fish and meat.

4. Fewer migraines

Foods like chocolates and cheese are one of the most common triggers for a migraine as it is linked to our diets and eating habits. Hence, if you are on a vegan diet you are automatically more mindful of what you are putting inside your mouth, leading to fewer migraine triggers.

5. Healthier skin

Being rich in Vitamin C, a plant-based diet could do wonders to your skin. This happens because a vegan diet tends to be rich in antioxidants, which helps fighting acne and other skin issues. It also provides a healthy glow to your skin and helps with collagen synthesis, which in turn keeps your skin looking younger and healthier.

Vegan for the environment?

Interestingly, this plant-based diet is exceptionally good for the environment as according to the researchers at the University of Oxford, shunning dairy and meat products could reduce a person’s carbon’ footprint (from food) by up to 73 per cent.

It could also result in a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions as the findings of the research point out that meat and dairy productions are responsible for 60 per cent of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions while using 83 per cent of the farmland.

The takeaway

However, one must remember that when you are eliminating animal and animal products from your diet, you are also putting yourself at the risk of missing some important nutrients including vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

If you are following a strictly vegan diet, make sure that you take additional supplements to balance your diet, as some vitamins like vitamin B12 occur naturally only in animal foods like eggs and milk. In fact, plant-based calcium and iron are not as easily absorbed when compared to the kind in meat.

Keep in mind that balance is the key as following a vegan-diet does have health benefits if it is well-planned.

With inputs from TNN

Thailand’s Amazing Durian and Fruit Fest now underway at CentralWorld

The Ministry of commerce is hosting a fruit festival to boost the sales of tropical fruit and geographical indication (GI) products.
Presiding over the opening of “Thailand Amazing Durian and Fruit Fest” at CentralWorld, Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said the current administration has a policy to turn Thailand into the world’s leading tropical fruit provider.
It’s hoped the event will trigger the increased sale of Thai fruit domestically and internationally.
This year, prices of durian have risen by 20-30 baht, partly due to the ministry’s quality control policy.
Thai durians have been selling well on and operated by the Alibaba Group.
Minister Sonthirat said Thailand is expected to produce no less than 765,000 tons of durians, which should be enough to meet the demand in the global market.
Thailand’s Amazing Durian and Fruit Fest will come to a close on Wednesday, May 23rd. Visitors can expect to find a wide array of fruit, processed fruit products, and GI products.
The highlight of the event is the 459-baht durian buffet, indulging visitors who love the world’s smelliest fruit.

Dosa King: 100% Pure Vegetarian, North & South Indian Restaurant

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Dosa King with its prime location in the centre of Sukhumvit Road, right in the heart of Bangkok with numerous dishes of great cuisine is a best choice for good vegetarian food and ambience.

Dosa King is about experiencing a feast, a celebration alongwith family and friends in a cosy modern setting. A place where authentic indian pure vDosa King has been serving delicious pure Indian vegetarian food for the last ten years. We serve scrumptious north-Indian cuisine as well as delectable south-Indian cuisine.

Our menu consists of drinks ranging from fruit juices and punches, traditional Indian drinks (Lassi, Mango Lassi, Jaljeera and more) and milkshakes. We also have a large section of Appetizers, Starters and Sizzlers with dishes like masala papad, samosa, pani-puri, paneer shashlik and more. An integral part of Indian meals are freshly baked breads. We have a large selection of breads ranging from chapatti, tandoori roti, garlic naan, stuffed kulchas and more. Followed by mouth-watering specialties from the north and south of India which includes variety of curries like palak paneer, rajma, cholle-bathure, dosas, idlis and more. Lastly we have quite a palatable section of sweets that includes gulab-jamuns, rasgulla, ras malai, ice-creams and more.

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The restaurant is spread on two levels(floors) and is an excellent choice for organizing private functions like birthday parties, kitty parties, get-togethers, business conferences etc. We are open for all other options as well.

A meal at Dosa King is ensured to be an elaborate and fragrant affair in an environment dominated by instrumental Indian music, paintings and scenic photographs to give you an insight of incredible India, lighting to ascertain relaxation when having your meal and service that understands your needs as we at Dosa King believe that your daily meals should be the most enjoyable part of the day!

อยากลองทานอาหารเจอินเดียขอแนะนำให้มาร้านนี้ดูคือร้านDosa kingอยู่ในซอยสุขุมวิท11เค้าบริการอาหารเจตลอดทั้งปีเปิดมา10ปีแล้วเวลาทำ การ11โมงเช้าถึง5ทุ่มของทุกวันคะegetarian cuisine and dishes from north and south of India are prepared using high quality fresh ingredients and served in a fusion of Indian and Thai hospitality.

153/7, Sukhumvit Soi 11/1, Sukhumvit Road, Watthana, Sukhumvit – Bangkok, Bangkok, 10110

Tel: 026 511 700

Thailand Retail Food & Hospitality Services(TRAFS) is the best and largest international show on equipment, supplies and food ingredients for hotels, restaurants, catering, coffee shops, bakery and retail businesses.

Welcome to Thailand’s No. 1 international Food, Hotel and Retail show.

Now in 6th edition, TRAFS 2012 is the BEST platform for manufacturers /
distributors of food ßand equipment supplies for Hotels, Resorts, Serviced
Apartments, Condominiums, Catering, Fine Dining, Restaurants and
Retails Shops (Coffee, Bakery and Ice Cream), to meet over 26,000
target visitors / buyers from 50 countries.

TRAFS 2012 has been growing over the last five years in line with
Thailand’s economy as well as hotel and tourism industry.

TRAFS 2012 is co-located with the 8th edition of Thailand Franchise
& Business Opportunities, your double exposure to meet more buyers.

Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC)
Bangkok, Thailand

Address:88 Bangna-Trad Road (Km.1), Bangna
State:Krung Thep

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 will be held on Monday, 15 October 2012 until Tuesday, 23 October 2012.

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

In Thailand this festival is called ‘Thesakan Kin Che‘(เทศกาลกินเจ spelled in Thai). This vegetarian festival of Thailand is worth a taste for dining experience, and one must try it at least once! It’s really very different and unique in its own way! Yellow is the color of the festival. You can halt wherever you see yellow flags, stickers or banners! It’s all vegetarian.. so go vegan for a change :)

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

Little yellow triangular flags marking the word ‘che’ meaning ‘vegetarian’ in Thai language have already begun to show all over Thailand. Pure vegetarian products are showing yellow stickers signifying the same during this festive time.

Annual Vegetarian Festival 2012, Thailand

Although this annual festival is at its extreme in Phuket, it spreads its charm all over Thailand. People give up meat for these entire 10 days and revert to vegetarian sources. Extremely delicious and absolutely non-veg. free dishes are available all over Thailand, and people take advantage of this opportunity to taste the amazing vegetarian food prepared and available only at this time of the year! Some do it out of religiousness being very strict about all the rules of the festival, while others do it light-heartedly just for the taste and fun of it. Yet others do it for a change from the regular intake of meat in order to give their intestines a break, and to enjoy and not miss out on the palatable vegetarian available dishes only available during this time of the year. The amazing part is that even these vegetarian dishes are prepared in a manner that they give the meat feeling using textured soy protein. Some vegetarian meat balls resembling the look, feel and even smell(using essence) are also used that you would not want to believe that they are vegetarian! This festival is celebrated on such a huge scale that vegetables become scarcely available and their prices shoot up very high during this festive season due to the scarcity caused. This vegetarian festival of Thailand is worth a taste for dining experience, and one must try it at the least once! It’s really very different and unique in its own way!

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”.

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

The Fire Walking Ritual at Phuket Vegetarian Festival

This annual festival in Thailand is celebrated with the purpose of gaining good health and peaceful life. During these 9 days, people strictly participating in the Phuket Vegetarian Festival are not supposed to eat any meat, seafood, or fowls to purify themselves from any illness or bad deeds. It is believed that by the time the festival is over, their mind, soul, and body are purified, and they will be away from fatal illness or disaster.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival History
This festival is believed to be brought by the Chinese Opera Group in the 19th century. During the period, many members of the group suffered Malaria – one most dangerous illness at that time – while they held a show in Phuket, Thailand. The other group members decided to pray to the Nine Emperor Gods and avoid to eat meat or other food made of animals to strengthen their praying. When the ill group members recovered, they held a festival to praise the Nine Emperor Gods and also to show their happiness because of surviving from the fatal illness.

Annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012, Thailand

Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012 Celebration
The main tradition of Phuket Vegetarian Festival is to eat anything but meat, seafood, fowls, or the other dishes made of animals. Some other unhealthy things including tobacco and alcohol are not suggested while having the vegan diet in Phuket Vegetarian Festival. The other tradition people do in this festival is quite extreme – piercing the face with dangerous items such as swords, spears, and some other heavy plus sharp arms. It is indeed crazy, but people in Phuket are sure that the ones having the pierce won’t suffer any pain at all. Despite this dangerous tradition, Phuket Vegetarian Festival is very festal and delightful to observe.

Annual phuket-vegetarian-festival, Thailand 2012


  • Clean your body during the festival
  • Clean kitchen utensils and to use them separately from others not used during the festival
  • Wear white during the festival period
  • Behave physically and mentally
  • No eating meat
  • No sex
  • No alcoholic drinks
  • People in mourning should not attend the festival
  • Pregnant women should not watch any ritual
  • Women having their period should not attend any rituals

Phuket Vegetarian Festival has become world renowned for its food and its curious religious rites. Held during the 9th Chinese lunar month, typically September or October, the vegetarian festival spans the first nine days of the lunar month.

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

During that time, Buddhists of Chinese descent follow a strict vegetarian diet, wear white clothing, and observe a set of rules that are intended to purify their bodies and minds.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

All that seems well and good, but what has drawn the greatest publicity is the unique manner in which some attempt to purify themselves during a procession of asceticism. On the 6th day of the vegetarian festival, after fasting for several days, devotees known as “soldiers of god” commit feats of self mutilation and tests of intense pain, including piercing themselves with needles and knives and walking across hot coals.

Annual Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

Around Phuket, in addition to large flags hung in honor of the event, nine lanterns are lit up and placed aloft on “ko teng” poles to symbolize the presence of the deities throughout the festival. On the last day, there is a “koi han” ceremony to exorcize ill fortune, and a finally a farewell ceremony for the deities at night.

Annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival, Thailand 2012 'Thesakan kin che'

Schedule for street processions of Chinese Shrines:
Wed, 17 October 2012, Sapam Shrine
Thu, 18 October 2012, Samkong Shrine
Fri, 19 October 2012, Ban Tha Rua Shrine
Sat, 20 October 2012, Bang Neow Shrine, Cherng Thalay Shrine
Sun, 21 October 2012, Jui Tui Shrine
Mon, 22 October 2012, Kathu Shrine, Yokkekeng Shrine
Tue, 23 October 2012, Sui Boon Tong Shrine

Annual Phuket Vegetarian Festival 2012, Thailand

Adidas all originals represent “Breathe and Stop” South East Asia Tour

Adidas all originals represent “Breathe and Stop” South East Asia Tour
Three of the world’s legendary hip hop DJS to perform in Bangkok

Bangkok – Heavy Boogie productions will rock South East Asia this August with three of hip hop’s most influential DJs and the region’s best dance crews at the block party of the year!

The Breathe and Stop tour presented by adidas Originals will feature three legendary US hip hop DJs Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest/Lucy Pearl), Shortkut (ISP/Beat Junkies/Triple Threat), and Maseo (De La Soul) shaking up dance floors in five of SEA’s most iconic cities. Local DJs and live hip hop acts will also be featured.

Breathe and Stop kicks off in Bangkok on August 4th followed by Kuala Lumpur on the 10th, Ho Chi Minh on the 11th, Singapore on the 16th, and culminates in Manila on the 18th. The crux of the shows is to bring together the DJs, the dancers, and the audience under one groove, united in their quest for the perfect beat.

Each stop on the tour will feature a dance showdown where awards will be handed out for the best individual performance/move, best teamwork/ethic, best crew, and best outfit of the night. The event will also feature local DJ b’all (from dOSe BKK) and some of the city’s top hip hop dancers.

Think collaborative instead of competitive – it’s all about coming together to represent in the most original way possible.

The Bangkok event will take place at LED Club at RCA. Doors open at 8pm. Advance tickets sell at Baht 700 and are available at select adidas retail stores namely, Central World, Central Plaza Rama 9 and Mega Bangna. Tickets bought at the door cost Baht 800.

Proudly sponsored by adidas Originals. For details and updates, visit the Breathe and Stop Facebook page at Limited tickets. Reserve yours today via

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About Heavy Boogie
Heavy Boogie is a creative event production and design agency based in Manila, Philippines that specializes in the successful delivery of targeted event based marketing strategies. Heavy Boogie provides a direct connection to the cutting edge underground youth culture of today by linking established, credible icons of these subcultures with their client’s target market. Heavy Boogie….”put your weight on it”

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Do not miss “Bangkok wine Festival 2012” biggest wine tasting in Thailand from 27 April – 5 May 2012

Wine Festival 2012


Highlights: – Wine Festival over 120 wine labels to test per night + International Buffet festival style and free flow soft drink and Singha Draft beer booth with soft drink and beer start from 18:00 – 01:00 with DJ Paul (Enter Limit for advance Reserve)

Ticket Price: – 1490.- Per person  included 30 Glass of wine + Buffet + Free Flow soft drink & Beer and one Red Passport discount 1 year at x wine z

2500.–  Included 30 Glass of wine + Buffet + Free Flow soft drink & Beer + 1 Glass of Gran Cru VIP zone (Limit Ticket and seat) discount 1 year x wine z


Festival date:           27 April – 5 May 2012

Time:                          18:00 – 01:00 Daily

Venue:                       1st Floor X Wine Z Wine Store & Gourmet food Journey

If you are wine lover, wine expert or wine beginners; Do not miss “Bangkok wine Festival 2012” biggest wine tasting in Thailand… more than 120 wines label for you to taste from around the world… Red, white and Sparkling… taste rare and expensive “Grand Cru and Supper Tuscan” organize by Bacchus wine consultancy at xwinez wine store and bister and 39 restaurant at Manor Complex Sukhumvit 39…


Enjoy International buffet by 39 French Restaurant. Meet and test the wine directly with Thailand major wine distributor “Italasia, Siam Winery, GFour, BB&B, Vanichwattana, Texica, Austro Thai, Moet Chandon, California Wine and many more”… and unlimited free flow Singha Beer… 


Buy wine directly from supplier and for Every 500 THB spent get 1 lucky draw ticket.  Top prize: BUSINESS CLASS THAI AIRWAYS for 2 return ticket to PARIS and 3 NIGHTS  accommodation at CHATEAU MEYRE


Get your passport ready…Take a trip around the world to explore and learn the origins of your favorite wines. Find out about the origins and your favorite grapes and their scents & flavours… and collect your wine stamp along your journey… Mr. Koji Hara and Hiroshi Tanaka wine Sommelier introduce you to the world of wine.


Important: this event has limited entrance, only 300 Tickets daily. Total ticket 2,700 ticket. Grand Cru tickets limited to 30 Tickets daily total 270 tickets. (Note: Friday 27th April and 4th May ticket is fully book already)



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Free testing range minimum guarantee per night total: 120 Labels

Testing with Condition total: 10 Labels




CALIFORNIA- CENTRAL COAST SINE QUA NON Mr K The Noble Man (Chardonnay)2005(PR. 98)**

FRANCE-  BURGUNDY PRIEURE ROCH Chambertin Clos de Beze 2009 **

FRANCE-  BURGUNDY FRANCOIS LAMARCHE Grand Echezeaux Grand Cru 2009**

ITALY-  TUSCANY MASSETO 2006 (PR. 99, WS. 98)**

FRANCE-  RHONE DU PEGAU Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 2007 (PR. 100 WS. 96) **



FRANCE, Optima de Chateau Meyre 2005  **

FRANCE, Enclos Gallen 2004 **


FRANCE Moët & Chandon **

CHANDON 2 Labels

AUSTRALIA Chandon Brut

AUSTRALIA Chandon Rose


CHILE,Cassillero Del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon

USA, California Carlo Rossi , CA, USA California White

USA, California Carlo Rossi , CA, USA California Red

FRANCE, Château Vendôme Prestige Blanc – Sauvignon Blanc

FRANCE, Château Vendôme Prestige Rouge – Merlot

USA, California Gallo Family Vineyards, CA, USA Pinot Grigio

USA, California Gallo Family Vineyards, Pinot Noir

AUSTRALIA, McGUIGAN – Private Bin Chardonnay

AUSTRALIA, McGUIGAN – Private Bin Merlot

SOUTH AFRICA, Lion’s Cape Coastal White – Chardonnay

SOUTH AFRICA, Lion’s Cape Coastal Red – Cabernet Sauvignon

THAILAND Monsoon Valley Colombard

THAILAND Monsoon Valley Shiraz



CHILE, Viu Manent Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon   2009

CHILE, Viu Manent Gran Reserva Carmenere    2009

CHILE, Viu Manent Gran Reserva Chardonnay   2010

CHILE, Viu Manent Secretro Syrah     2008

CHILE, Viu Manent Secretro Sauvignon Blanc    2011

CHILE, Viu Manent Single Vinyard Cabernet Sauvignon   2009

SOUTH AFRICA,  KWV Café Culture Pinotage I-tube 2011

SOUTH AFRICA,  Robert’s Rock Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay   2010

SOUTH AFRICA, KWV Rose Pinotage      2010

SOUTH AFRICA ,Pearly Bay Rose Sparking     NV

AGENTINA, Trapiche Broquel Malbec      2009

AGENTINA,  Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon    2009

AGENTINA, Trapiche Broquel Cabernet Franc 2009

BB&B  15 Labels

Argentina, Signos Malbec

Argentina, Paso El Portillo Tempranillo Selected Red

Australia,Yellow Tail Merlot

Chile,Orion Cabernet Sauvignon

Chile,Orion Sauvignon Blanc

France, Belleville  Grenache Shiraz Merlot

France, Belleville Chardonnay Viognier

France, Gérard Bertrand  H De L’ Hospitalet Cabernet Sauvignon

South Africa,La Capra Cabernet Sauvignon

South Africa,La Capra Pinotage

South Africa,La Capra Chenin Blanc

South Africa,La Capra Sauvignon Blanc

Thailand, Mythical Garden Pineapple Wine

Thailand, Mythical Garden Passion Fruit Wine

Thailand, Mythical Garden Passion Fruit Wine






CH. DE DOUZENS              2010

CH. DU PIN         2009


CH. BONNET “RESERVE”                2008



88TH DROP SHIRAZ          2010

88TH DROP CHARDONNAY           2010



SANTA ANA SHIRAZ MALBEC “Caracter”                2010







MASI MODELLO ROSSO delle Venezie    2009

MASI MODELLO BIANCO delle Venezie  2008




ITALASIA 13 Labels

NINO NEGRI; Lombardia Mazer Valtellina Superiore, DOCG, 13.5%


Collavini Turian Ribolla Gialla DOC 12.5% 750 ml.

EUGENIO COLLAVINI Merlot Riserva di Casa Fruili, DOC,13%

Cabernet Roncaccio Fruili, 13%

CANTINE LEONARDO DA VINCI; Toscana Prosecco Leonardo, Treviso DOC, 12.5%

POGGIO AL TESORO; Toscana Poggio Al Tesoro Solosole Vermentino

POGGIO AL TESORO  Poggio Al Tesoro Sondraia DOC Bolgheri DOC 750 m.

SAN POLO; Toscana Rubio Toscana IGT. 14%

PATERNOSTER; Basilicata Biancorte Fiano IGT Basilicata 13%

PATERNOSTER;  Synthesi Aglianico Del Vulture DOC 13.5%

HUNGARY; IKON Merlot, 13.5%

HUNGARY; Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5%

HUNGARY; KONYARI Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah, 13.5%

SPAIN; OSTATU RIOJA Ostatu Rioja Alavesa 14%, 750 ml

TEXICA  12 Labels

ITALY, Veneto Bottega Prosecco DOC

ITALY, Veneto Bottega Moscato Spumante

ITALY, Veneto Nicolis Testal IGT 2005

ITALY, Veneto Monte Zovo Ripasso Superiore DOC 2006

ITALY, Puglia Tenuta Curezza Prine Rosso IGT 2008

ITALY, Puglia Tenuta Curezza Nerosso IGT 2010

ITALY, Romagna Masselina 147 Chardonney IGT 2010

ITALY, Romagna Masselina 158 Sangiovese Cab IGT 2010

ITALY, Romagna Romandiola Albana DOCG 2009

ITALY, Romagna Romandiola Malatesta Sangiovese DOC 2010

ITALY, Sicily Adenzia

ITALY, Sicily CDC Rosso



CALIFORNIA, Rock Brook Cabernet Sauvignon 2008/2009

CALIFORNIA, Rock Brook Chardonnay 2009

CALIFORNIA, Rock Brook Merlot 2007/2008

CALIFORNIA, Rock Brook Sauvignon Blanc 2007/2008

CALIFORNIA, Rock Brook Shiraz 2007/2008

CALIFORNIA, CALIFORNIA, Redwood Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

CALIFORNIA, Redwood Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

CALIFORNIA, Redwood Vineyards Merlot 2007/2008

CALIFORNIA, Mill Stone Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

CALIFORNIA, Mill Stone Merlot 2009

CALIFORNIA, Everyday Red

CALIFORNIA, Everyday White





ITALY, FOLLADOR Prosecco  Gold Extra Dry

ITALY,  FOLLADOR Prosecco Cuvee Rose Extra Dry


ITALY, CORTE RUGOLIN Valpolicella Classico Superiore di Ripasso

ITALY, CORTE RUGOLIN Amarone della Valpolicella Classico

ITALY, SETTE PONTI Chianti Vigna di Pallino


ITALY, CASANOVA DI NERI Brunello di Montalcino

ITALY, LA CARRAIA Albeo Chardonnay




ITALY, FARNESE Montepulciano d’Abruzzo



The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has launched the Food & Hotel Thailand 2011, which will run until 16 September, with an aim to help promote Thailand as an economic leader of Asia.

While presiding over the opening ceremony of the 19th Food & Hotel Thailand, Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sports Sombat Kuruphan stated that the event was a great opportunity for international businesses related to hotels, food and services to exhibit their products. It is also expected to facilitate Thailand’s emergence as the center of product displays in the ASEAN region and as an economic leader of Asia amid volatility in the global economy.

This year, there are a total of 16,000 exhibitors from 59 countries participating in the event. The top five countries with the most participants are Malaysia, Singapore, India, the Philippines and Vietnam respectively while more new faces have come from many countries, including China, Italy, Japan and South Africa.

The Food & Hotel Thailand 2011 is taking place from today until 16 September at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon Shopping Center.

Held in Conjunction with The Food & Hotel Thailand 2011
13 – 14 September 2011
Function Room, Royal Paragon Hall, 5th Floor, Siam Paragon

13 SEP 2011 – DAY 1
09.15 – 09.45 Arrival of Special Guests and VIPs
09.45 – 10.00 Arrival of the Guests of Honour
10.00 – 10.10 Introductory Address by Mr. Patrapee Chinachoti
Chairman of Bangkok Exhibition Services Ltd.
10.10 – 10.20 Welcome Address by Ms. Supawan Teerarat
Exhibition Director of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)
10.20 – 10.30 Welcome Address by Mr. Jamnong Nirungsan
President of Thai Chefs Association
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome Address by Ms. Panivan Koonmongkon
President of Thai Restaurant Association
10.40 – 10.50 Welcome Address by Mr. Prakit Chinamourphong
President of Thai Hotels Association and Chairman of International Affairs
10.50 – 11.00 Opening Address by Mr. Sombat Kurupan
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Sports
11.00 – 12.00 Ribbon Cutting and Official Tour of the Exhibition
12.00 – 14.00 THA Lunch Talk
Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni
Governor, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

13 SEP 2011 – DAY 1
Theme: Attracting High-Yield Tourists “จับตาหาตลาด High-Yield”
Session 1
13.30 – 14.00 Registration
14.00 – 16.30

Attracting High-Yield Tourists “จับตาหาตลาด High-Yield”

แม้การท่องเที่ยวไทยจะประสบกับวิกฤตการณ์ต่างๆ ติดต่อกันมาหลายปี หากมนต์ขลังของแหล่งท่องเที่ยวต่างๆ ก็ยังคงดึงดูดใจนักท่องเที่ยวทั่วโลกให้เข้ามาท่องเที่ยวในไทยอย่างต่อ เนื่อง และคงถึงเวลาที่การท่องเที่ยวไทย จะต้องปรับตัวเปลี่ยนแปลงวางตำแหน่งตัวเองในตลาดการท่องเที่ยวของโลกใหม่ ให้เข้าถึงตลาดนักท่องเที่ยวคุณภาพมากขึ้น วิทยากรผู้มีบทบาทนำในการท่องเที่ยวของประเทศจะได้รับทราบแนวความคิดในการ “รีแบรนด์” ประเทศไทย ตลอดจนปรับแนวทาง มองหา และมุ่งสู่กลุ่มนักท่องเที่ยวคุณภาพที่มีกำลังซื้ออย่างประสบความสำเร็จ

Despite a political unrest and a fair amount of instability in the past few years, one thing that never changes is the Thailand’s resilience in its ability to attract oversea tourists. However, a shift in the type of tourists visiting Thailand has forced this country to capture the new market in which high-yield tourists are. In this session, senior industry stakeholders and government bodies will discuss ways in which the tourism can be re-branded, welcoming EU tourists back to Thailand and successfully targeting new high-end market segments.

Rebranding Thailand “รีแบรนด์ประเทศไทย”
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

Reaching Out to New Markets “เจาะตลาดใหม่”
Miss Supawan Tanomkietipume
Chairperson of Marketing, Thai Hotels Association

Health and Wellness “ก้าวสู่กลุ่มสุขภาพ และเวลล์เนส”
Mr. Sumatarat Sitabut
Senior Consultant, Institute for Small and Medium Enterprises Development

MICE Marketing for Hotel “การตลาด MICE สำหรับโรงแรม”
Mr. Sumate Sudasana
President, Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA)

Mr. Sakkarin Chorsawai
Director, Thai Hotels Association

(Conducted in Bilingual)
14 SEP 2011 – DAY 2
Theme: Attracting High-Yield Tourists “จับตาหาตลาด High-Yield”
Session 2
08.00 – 09.30 Registration
09.30 – 12.00

Hoteliers Discussion for Thai Tourism Future

เชิญรับฟังความคิดเห็นและมุมมองจากผู้ประกอบการโรงแรมที่มีความโดดเด่น ผ่านอุปสรรค ปัญหาจนถึงความสำเร็จ อะไรคือเป้าหมาย แผนงาน แนวความคิดที่วางไว้กับอนาคตการท่องเที่ยวไทย และข้อคิดเห็นท่องเที่ยวไทยจะต้องทำอย่างไรให้ถึงฝั่งฝัน

Acclaimed Hotel Entrepreneurs and hoteliers, who have experienced many obstacles in the tourism industry, will share their perspectives and distinct ideas about how to survive in the current competitive tourism industry, how to globally set visions, missions, smart goals and action plans, how to gain sustainable achievement in the international markets, and the future of Thailand’s tourism.

“From Zero to 90++”

From Quality to Quality “จากคุณภาพสู่คุณภาพ”
Mr. Paul Linder
General Manager, Chivasom

Thai Brand to World Class Elegance “แบรนด์ไทยสู่ความหรูหราระดับโลก”
Mr. Dillip Rajakarier
Chief Operating Officer, Minor Hotel Group Ltd.

Strong Growth in Foreign Country “การเติบโตอย่างแข็งแกร่งในต่างแดน”
Mr. Chanin Donavanik
Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dusit Thani Public Company Limited

Back to Back Revolution in Pattaya “ผู้พลิกโฉมโรงแรมพัทยาอย่างต่อเนื่อง”
The Zign Group

10.00 – 10.30

Refreshment Break

Mr. Sakkarin Chorsawai
Director, Thai Hotels Association

(Conducted in Bilingual)
14 Sep 2011 – DAY 2
Theme: Attracting High-Yield Tourists “จับตาหาตลาด High-Yield”
Session 3
13.30 – 14.00 Registration and Refreshment
14.00 – 16.30

Raising the Bar (panel discussion)

หากโรงแรมไทยต้องการปรับตัวเพื่อให้ได้ราคา ผลประกอบการณ์ที่ดีขึ้น ในมุมมองต่างๆทั้งในแง่การตลาด ภาพลักษณ์ คุณภาพโรงแรม การพัฒนาคน การบริหารจัดการทั้งจากภาครัฐและผู้ประกอบการ ต้องทำอย่างไร และทุกภาคส่วนคงต้องร่วมมือกันอย่างจริงจัง เพื่อให้การท่องเที่ยวไทยเป็นไปในทิศทางที่ไร้ผู้แพ้อย่างแท้จริง

From marketing, brand image, quality, and human resource development perspectives, the guest speakers will demonstrate the practical ways for both government sectors and entrepreneurs to enthusiastically cooperate and successfully bring the financial and sustainable success to Thailand’s tourism industry.

Mr.Imtiaz Muqbil
Executive Director
Travel IMPACT Newswire.

Hotel Owner
Dusit Thani Public Company Limited

Mr. Apichart Sankary
Managing Director, A.E.D. Asia Travel Co., Ltd.

Online Agency
Mr. Chalermpon Punnotok
Chief Executive Officer, Software Industry Promotion Agency (SIPA)

Bank / Financial
Mr. Kheeseng Anansiriprapha
Executive Vice President, Corporate Banking Group Bank of Ayudhya PCL.

Mr. Sakkarin Chorsawai
Director, Thai Hotels Association


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